Hello #teamawakening family!
This past Sunday was the final week of our Amazing Race— Persecuted Church Edition Series. We had a GREAT time during the Night of Worship from 6-7 before we came back to youth.
Sunday’s featured country was India. India has a population of 1,342,513,000 with 63,970,000 (4.8%) of those being Christians. You can check out a brief description of the environment that Christians in India are in below:
Since May 2014, India has been governed by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As a result, radical Hinduism, which was already present under the previous government, has increased steadily. While the level of intolerance continues to increase, Christians are regularly attacked by radical Hindus. The level of impunity has gone up markedly, with communities of converts to Christianity from Hinduism bearing the brunt of the persecution. They are constantly under pressure to return to their old beliefs, and are often physically assaulted, sometimes killed. Protestant Christian communities are the second main target because of their involvement in outreach activities and conversions, and they also face regular attacks by radical Hindus.
To support persecuted Christians in India, Open Doors is on the ground providing training, discipleship, education, vital relief aid and more.
After students prayed for the believers in India, we split into our teams to determine the winners of our four week, four team competition. Each week, teams had to complete detours and roadblocks just like teams do in the real Amazing Race. The detours and roadblocks typically involved a food challenge or a game that is popular in the featured country for the night. This past Sunday, the challenges were an eating contest where one team member has to eat a spicy Curry dish as quickly as possible. The next challenge was hopscotch and carom. In hopscotch, teams had to get a total of 30 before moving on. In carom (similar to pool, but played with the fingers), players had to make three shots before moving on. The final challenge was the Scripture verse challenge. Teams had to put James 1:2-4NIV in order,
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Once teams completed the Scripture verse challenge, in was time to race to the Pit Stop to check in. The God Squad and The Jimmy Dean Green Machine finished the four week competition in a tie with The Jimmy Dean Green Machine winning the Relay Race Tiebreaker. The teams and their places are shown below:
Here are some more pics from the night:
Have a Great Week!